Celebrating Poetry East’s 100th Issue & 40th Anniversary

Founded in 1980, the internationally acclaimed literary magazine Poetry East is celebrating National Poetry Month in April with two milestones—its 40th anniversary and its 100th issue. Poetry East has been edited from the start by the noted poet and DePaul professor Richard Jones, who reminds us that poetry should be accessible to anyone who reads it and is enthralled with language and ideas. 

Coming up on April 21 at 6pm is a public celebration of the Poetry East double anniversary—40 years of operation and 100 issues—sponsored by the Chicago Public Library:

https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/6054f355b635ed4500a2cab6

Jones will be in conversation with Miles Harvey, director of the DePaul Publishing Institute and author of The King of Confidence.

Newsline recently featured a piece on the fortieth anniversary of Poetry East, a wonderful tribute to Richard’s hard work in creating and maintaining this preeminent literary journal. 

Learn more about the journal online​ and order your copy.

Congratulations to Professor Megan Heffernan!

DePaul’s English Department extends a warm congratulations to our very own Megan Heffernan on the publication of her book Making the Miscellany: Poetry, Print, and the History of the Book in Early Modern England.

Today marks one month since the book was released! Check it out here

Next month, Megan will be joining authors Laura Kolbys and Claire M. L. Bourne for a virtual celebration on May 14th at 10:00 a.m. Register here. This event is before the English Spring Conference, which will be recognizing student writing. 

Congratulations!

Congratulations to these DePaul Writers!

This year’s Chicago Reader “Best of Polls” is open for voting through Feb. 8 and includes: 

  • Alum Caro Macon Fleischer (BA 2016, MFA 2020) for Best Playwright
  • Kathleen Rooney for Best Novelist
  • Kathleen Rooney’s Poems While You Wait for Best Poetry Organization

Congrats to all!

Be sure to show your support by voting in the poll.

Love Talks Event — Tonight!

Join authors Michele Morano and Destiny O. Birdsong’s discussion as a part of the Visiting Writers Series. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-talks-an-evening-with-michele-morano-and-destiny-o-birdsong-tickets-132143850815

Michele Morano is the author of the essay collections Like Love and Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Essays, Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and WaveForm: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women. She earned an MFA and PhD from the University of Iowa and currently chairs the English Department at DePaul University.

Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born fiction writer, and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Catapult, African American Review, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, was published by Tin House Books in October 2020, and her debut novel is forthcoming from Grand Central in 2022. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University, and now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

Congratulations to Kathleen and Beth Rooney!

Our very own Kathleen Rooney and sister Beth were published in the New York Times this week!

Check out their essay, A Lesson From the Strange and Lovely World of ‘Leaf Town’: The story of the rise and fall of a society built by schoolchildren

The sisters are both writers, and Professor Kathleen Rooney is teaching undergraduate courses this Winter Quarter on fiction writing, writing the body, and ladies/womanhood in literature.